Shortly after I gave up my theistic beliefs I was in a small aircraft that was flying through a bad storm. After a loud crack of thunder and a streak of lightning that popped right outside of my window, the airplane felt like it lost air and dropped a number of feet before stabilizing. It freaked me out and everyone on board was praying. Everyone except me that is. Once I gave up superstitious thinking it was like a valve turned to reality and I never needed the crutch again.
That's a good story - can I have your MG?
Not much chance of getting any roadhead in an MG, I imagine.
Pray tell, what do you do when the safety alarm sounds, and the oxygen masks deploy? ;p)
It never hurts to ask, I ask for Rolexes on a regular basis, but never get them either --
I have a similar issue. I keep asking for a Datalogger for my shop/lab, but my wife keeps vetoing the idea, but has now spent the same amount for a horse barn construction. Atleast I get the manure and back pain.
The trouble with horse manure as fertilizer, James, is that you need to wait for the salt to leach out, otherwise it will damage your plants.
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They say that people who are being tortured to death will sometimes say "Mommy, please, help me" or "Daddy! Daddy!" or they will even pray to the person killing them. People in extreme situations will try anything. I don't blame them.
A better question: Your father is dying and asks you to pray with him for his recovery. How atheist are you then?
I will stand by people as they pray without comment, but I won't bow my head and disingenuously play along. The people close to me in life understand that I do this because I love and respect them, and not because I am a stubborn mule.